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Where in the story, Antigone, does Creon show his loyalty to his country?I am currently...

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calmchowder | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM via web

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Where in the story, Antigone, does Creon show his loyalty to his country?

I am currently writing an essay, which is about Creon's loyalties.

My first quote is "The city is the king’s” (825). This describes Creon's loyalty to himself.

I need a quote that describes Creon's loyalty to his country. I think a quote could be when he talks about the laws, but I'm not fully sure where that could be.

Thanks in advance for helping.

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eir | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 20, 2012 at 7:14 AM (Answer #1)

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A good place to start is by looking up the word nepotism. That is, a form of corruption in which you favor your family's interests over those of the city.

Creon believes that he is behaving patriotically throughout the play because he is refusing to favor his family over the interests of the city.  

He states this most clearly in his very first speech, when he tells the assembled elders:    

         "For me, a man who rules the entire state

         and does not take the best advice there is,

         but through fear keeps his mouth forever shut,                                    

                 such a man is the very worst of men—

                 and always will be. And a man who thinks

                 more highly of a friend than of his country,

                 well, he means nothing to me" (line 185)

In short, by refusing to bury his relative, Polynices, he is being loyal to the city since his decision is unclouded by the family connection.

 Similarly, he cannot be lenient with Antigone because she is his son's fiance, and according her any special treatment would look like corruption. 


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